Lathrop Nature Preserve (Photo by Noel Boucher)

Lathrop Nature Preserve (Photo by Noel Boucher)

Restoration work at Lathrop Nature Preserve postponed due to COVID-19-related delays

October 15, 2021
Fonthill, ON

 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will be postponing pond restoration work at the Lathrop Nature Preserve until September 2022. Although NCC had planned for this project to commence in September 2021, unforeseen delays due to COVID-19 mean that the restoration project must be postponed until next September.

NCC and partners Trout Unlimited Canada's Niagara Chapter and Niagara College have been working closely to plan this restoration project aimed at improving water quality and public safety. Once complete, the project will also help protect a population of brook trout — the last-remaining self-sustaining population of this fish species in the Niagara region.

Due to the ecological sensitivity of the property and downstream waterways, there is a very specific timing window during which the project can occur. Unfortunately, a backlog in construction projects delayed due to the pandemic has impacted the availability of qualified contractors and delayed necessary permit reviews.

We are committed to ensuring the safety of trail users and protecting the ecological value of the Lathrop Nature Preserve. Over the coming months, NCC will continue to work closely with permitting agencies and project consultants to ensure that all of the necessary permits and plans are in place for the implementation of the restoration project in September 2022. NCC will also be sending out the project tender again to secure a qualified contractor’s availability during the critical timing period for this project.

To learn more about this project, please visit natureconservancy.ca/lathrop or contact NCC conservation biologist Liv Monck-Whipp at 519-865-4693 or liv.monck-whipp@natureconservancy.ca.

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast, with more than 84,000 hectares (207,000 acres) in Ontario. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.

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Tara King
Manager, Communications
Ontario Region

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